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Today I worked on the convertible doors, stripping the rest of the stainless trim off and handles.   The passenger door the vent window glass was broken so I had to remove it, getting the window track out of the way then trying to figure a way to slide the glass out without making a mess.  I decided I would use a body vice grip and blocks of wood to grip the glass and tap it out.  It worked like a charm! 

Then one door I sanded to remove the paint, the other door I used paint stripper.  Paint stripper worked much better and quicker.  

Also added a little filler to some of the problem areas that I had marked yesterday, then sanded them smooth.  

I like the oil change sticker so I may have it reproduced and put it back on the door.  Of course the doors are not original to the car, but who cares.

 

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What brand of stripper are you using? I've used several and it seems like they work minimal at best. The recreation of the sticker would be cool. You could put them on your entire fleet. You can replace Anderson's with your name to personalize it a bit.

 

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5 minutes ago, Laughing Coyote said:

What brand of stripper are you using? I've used several and it seems like they work minimal at best. The recreation of the sticker would be cool. You could put them on your entire fleet. You can replace Anderson's with your name to personalize it a bit.

 

Aircraft stripper.

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More, welding, filler and sanding today.  I had a few spots on the drivers side that needed welded, one on the rain gutter one on the upper part of the front fender near the door and one on the windshield header panel.  Once welded and ground smooth, a light coat of filler was added along with a few areas that were low or had filler pin holes in it. Then came a lot of sanding, smoothing up the filler and the orange peel paint.  

I hope to put a second coat of primer on the entire car, including doors, hood and rockers which I will remove again, on Saturday.

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All prepped for another coat of primer tomorrow if everything goes according to plan  Doors off and cleaned, rockers off, rear panel welded and prepped.  Maybe with any kind of luck this will be the last coat of primer.

Went through my case of Crosley glass and I have enough to do the car with the exception of the door glass, if I want to use original glass.

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Today was round two of primer, using the HVLP gun, with better results, thanks to all the suggestions and comments on here.  I thinned the primer with reducer and it flowed out better, not great but better.  Next coat I think I might get it right and may even use the gun for final paint???  

The doors are now in primer, as is the glove box door.  Everything is coming along nicely and hopefully when the weather warms up I will be ready for final color coat.

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Dale, I'm late to the party, so had to catch up on all your new posts.  Great to see you're building another Crosley, especially a convertible.  Looks great so far, plus you are still working at lightning speed. Warm weather should be arriving shortly.

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Today I mounted the rocker panels and the doors, rockers were no problem but the driver side door needed major adjustments.  It fit before I stripped the paint off it???  After some grinding and massaging of the body, the door fits again.  Then I had to do a little more welding and filler work.

Then I put the wheels and tires back on it and sat it on the ground and pushed it outside so I could sweep the floor.  

This week will be spent sanding and sanding, and probably sanding some more!  

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Not much to report on the convertible today.  I did a little sanding on the dash, door jambs and rear inner fenders.  I sanded so much I am ready to rob a bank because my fingerprints are sanded smooth!  Lol 

I also removed the instrument cluster.  I took the hood off and removed the plastic masking also.

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More sanding on the convertible today, around the passenger side door and the hood edges.  A little filler work on the passenger side of the dash and hood.  

I had asked on the Crosley Facebook page that I needed a seat brace for the car and a Crosley club member (the same member I bought the car from) said he had one and would mail it to me, free of charge.  Crosley club members are awesome!  I received it last night and installed it today, another item off the list.

I also worked on the front splash pan, making sure it will fit when the time comes.  Took more adjustments than I expected but it will work fine.  Still needs to meet with the hammer and dollie, and the MiG welder, before final body work.

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Not much in the way of pictures today, as I was looking for more trim pieces for the front fenders and other goodies needed to finish the car.  I want to drill all the holes for trim pieces before I paint it, so I need to find the trim in my stash.

I did get the front splash pan holes drilled so that I can mount it after paint.  Then I took it back off and straightened it out with the hammer and dollie, and shrinker to look almost like new.  Then a thin coat of filler and sanding, it is now ready for primer.

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Today I got a lot of little things done along with hunting for a few more pieces to the puzzle.  I found the fuel filler neck, and a few other little things that are needed.

Drilled the holes in the front fenders to mount the lower stainless trim, and the holes for the top chrome spears.  

Also touched up a few areas that I found that needed filler and sanding.  

Then pushed it outside (72⁰) and looked at in natural light.  Then I masked off the engine compartment and pushed it back inside to prepare for primer tomorrow, maybe?

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Weather in western PA is wonderful for the first week of March, perfect day to open the doors and get a third coat of primer on the convertible.  It looks pretty good, will start sanding it with 360 grit tomorrow and see what happens.  

Getting better with the HVLP gun, still not sure if I am confident enough to use it for final paint...

Also doing a little work on a Crosley valve cover to make a racer out of it for the Crosley meet in July...

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Yesterday was a day of rest on the convertible, the only thing I did was install the wheels and tires back on it.

Today I was back at it with sandpaper, 360 grit.  Sanded the entire exterior of the body and it is looking really nice, just a few areas that will need a small amount of attention.  My fingers are sore!  

Tomorrow I hope to have time to sand the interior areas of the body, the hood and splash pans.  And maybe even do the corrections that need done on the body.

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Today worked on the rear quarter panels on the convertible.  The driver side wheel opening area towards the back was weak and it had been bothering me so I decided to repair that today.  Got the MiG welder out and positioned the panel the way it should be and laid a weld bead on the inside of the lip to strengthen the lip.  After a couple passes it is quite strong now.  

There were a few cracks in the lower rockers so I welded those up also.

Then cleaned up the weld and ground out the filler on the front side and added a layer of new filler.  Sanded everything smooth and sprayed a light coat of primer on it and the other repairs.

Then it was on to sanding more of the body on the inside and around the doors.  I still need to sand the hood and two splash pans, but should be able to get them tomorrow.

The paint is now ordered and should be here in a week.  

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Did a little more painting on the 1950 convertible today.  My HVLP gun gave me fits today, the needle would not seat after releasing the trigger and that caused the paint to drip, more like run out the nozzle.  I switched over to the old gun and finished what I wanted to paint.  

Now I need to get ready to paint the exterior by sanding the overspray some and masking off what is done.

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Yesterday I put the hood on the convertible and it didn't fit at all.  When I took it off several years ago it fit pretty good.  Those are the pictures with the car in black primer and red hood.  I didn't do any major body work on the upper parts of the fenders so I don't know what happened.  So today I twisted, bent, adjusted, pushed pulled to get the hood to line up better and close properly.  For those that don't know there are no adjustments on a Crosley hood.  

Now I can do final prep for paint, and when the weather warms up and stops raining I will paint.

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Today was paint day, a little over 70⁰ and dry.  It is now all one color, took almost the entire gallon of paint also.  There is one run on the drivers door window frame that I should be able to touch up without too much trouble.  Otherwise looks good.

First several pictures are after the first coat with the HVLP, then I switched over to my old gun to finish it off.

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Started tinkering with the convertible today, put the push button start switch back in the dash as well as the choke cable.  The installed the hood prop rod after painting it.  The on to the back of the car to install the license plate light and bracket after cleaning and painting.

Got several other items painted and will go on next chance I get.

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